We worked with the City of Armadale in Western Australia to deliver the Club Abilities Project from March 2017 to March 2018.
For this project, we used sport and recreation as part of our broader mission to combat social isolation. The project combined five elements to address community needs at a holistic, innovative and practical level. These five elements included:
Our mission is to combat social isolation by partnering with local government authorities to identify and deliver dynamic, inclusive and sustainable community projects.
One focus of our work in Western Australia is sport and recreation. With more than half of Australia’s population (1.25 million West Australians) having experienced or currently experiencing loneliness, accessible sport and recreation is an important vehicle to help break down barriers to loneliness, particularly for those from marginalised and low-participation backgrounds.
Located in Perth’s rapidly developing south-east corridor, the Armadale community is known as one of Western Australia’s most diverse and fragmented communities.
Prior to our involvement, sport and recreation programs were often short-term, one-off options and local residents were being turned away from existing clubs and community groups.
Many local clubs and community groups recognised that they needed additional knowledge and skills to be more inclusive of the changing demographics within Armadale. The City of Armadale called on us to help address the many identified barriers.
We put in place a number of qualitative and quantitative evaluation tools to monitor and measure success.
Quantitative measures included:
Qualitative measures included:
Our evaluation showed the following results:
In addition, we were able to develop case studies, infographics for clubs and detailed reports that could be showcased across local and state government.
Through this project, sport and recreation have been used bring together a community that has experienced rapid demographic and cultural change over the past decade.
While the outcomes for individuals and clubs are immense, the project will continue to positively impact the Armadale community into the future as clubs, community groups and individuals have new-found knowledge/confidence, are far more able to include people from low-participation backgrounds and Armadale City also has the confidence to recommend the 20 clubs and community groups to all residents.